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June 1, 2014

How does the story of Anne Frank prove the Holocaust?

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , , — furtherglory @ 10:26 am

The following quote is from an Op-Ed piece in the Los Angeles Times newspaper, which you can read in full here.

The [Rialto] school district has finally apologized — appropriately — and is dispatching all [Rialto School District] students and their teachers to the Museum of Tolerance’s new Anne Frank exhibition before they graduate next month. […]

Soon, nearly 2,000 teens from the Rialto School District will visit the Museum of Tolerance to meet and hear from Holocaust survivors. They will be encouraged to ask them questions and engage in a dialogue. Not one of them is likely to leave that day thinking the Holocaust didn’t happen. One day soon however, there won’t be any survivors left to share their real-life experiences. That’s when the ultimate challenge to truth will begin. Heaven help us all if we fail to provide young people with skills to recognize the difference between hate and history.

Anne Frank at the age of 13

Anne Frank at the age of 13

Sorry, but I don’t think that a display about Anne Frank is the right way to prove the Holocaust. In my humble opinion, the story of Anne Frank disproves the Holocaust, and here’s why:

1. Anne Frank was sent to the Auschwitz-Birkenau “death camp” after her hiding place was discovered, but she was not gassed.  She was somehow chosen to work, even though she was barely 5 feet tall and had no work skills of any kind.  When Anne arrived at Auschwitz, she was not in a healthy condition, after spending two years in hiding, yet she was not gassed.

After only two months at Auschwitz, Anne and her sister Margo were both sent on a SICK TRANSPORT to Bergen-Belsen.  The train that took them to Bergen-Belsen was monitored by the Red Cross because it was a SICK TRANSPORT.

2. Anne Frank’s mother died of tuberculosis after 5 months at Auschwitz-Birkenau. She was apparently sick when she arrived at the Auschwitz-Birkenau “death camp,” yet she was allowed to live, even though she was sick with a terminal illness.

3.  Otto Frank, the father of Anne Frank, was 56 years old when he arrived at the Auschwitz-Birkenau “death camp,”  where everyone over the age of 45 was automatically sent to the gas chamber.  Otto Frank was selected to work, but he didn’t want to work, so he paid a Jewish doctor in the camp to put him into the camp hospital, where he survived.

4. Otto Frank was allowed to stay in the camp hospital at Auschwitz-Birkenau, when the other prisoners were taken on a “death march” out of the camp.

5. Anne Frank’s school friends in Amsterdam didn’t go into hiding. They survived the Holocaust and went to Israel after the war.  They were sent to the Star Camp, the best section of Bergen-Belsen, instead of being sent to Auschwitz. After Anne’s family was discovered in their hiding place, they were sent to the punishment section of the Westerbork transit camp because they had gone into hiding, and from there they were sent to Auschwitz, instead of being sent to Bergen-Belsen.

6. Anne Frank was allowed to live at Bergen-Belsen, until she died of typhus, and was buried in a mass grave.

One of several mass graves at Bergen-Belsen

One of several mass graves at Bergen-Belsen

To sum up the Anne Frank story, everything in the saga is against the known facts of the Holocaust:

1. Sick prisoners were immediately sent to the gas chamber at Auschwitz-Birkenau upon arrival.

2. Old people were immediately taken to the gas chamber, upon arrival, at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

3. The prisoners at Auschwitz-Birkenau were forced to go on  a “death march” out of the camp for the purpose of killing them.

Here is one final quote from the Op-Ed piece in the Los Angeles Times:

But historians would no more debate whether the Holocaust happened than they would whether Nazi Germany unleashed the blitzkrieg on Poland on Sept. 1, 1939. These events are facts.

I am not a historian, so I DID debate the subject of  “whether Nazi Germany unleashed the blitzkrieg on Poland on September 1, 1939.”  on this post post: